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Grateful Dead Live at Dillon Stadium on 1972-07-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Dillon Stadium on 1972-07-16

Topics Live concert

The Promised Land, Cold Rain And Snow, Black Throated Wind, Sugaree, Playing In The Band, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Deal, Mexicali Blues, Stella Blue, Cumberland Blues, Me And My Uncle, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo##, Sing Me Back Home Ramble On Rose, Truckin' > Drums > The Other One > He's Gone > The Other One, Looks Like Rain, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away* > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad* > Hey Bo Diddley*, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dillon Stadium
Location Hartford, CT

Source Soundboard and Audience composite
Lineage source 1: SBD> MR> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN; source 2: AUD> ?> SHN
Taped by
Transferred by


source 1: SBD>MR>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN
source 2: AUD>?>SHN
the audience recording supplies:
--all of disc 1,
--on disc 2, the final portion of Me & My Uncle through to the end of Sing Me Back Home; See info file for details; via Glenn Gillis and Paul B; Seeded to etree by Tim O'Connel & J. Cotsman


Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2015
Subject: First full year
This was my first full year following the Dead around the east coast...went to this show fuuly dosed on sugar cubes...Was having a rough time of it for a while. People were turning into lizards...Found my way up to the front on Jerry's side and started to feel much better because I could hear them much better and someone offered me a nice cold one...From that point on BLISS...great to have it available. Remember The Allmans jamming at the end of the show, but according to thoewerethedays they played a few hours by themselves. This I do not remember at all. I think he may be mistaken. Then again after 43 years my memory is a little fuzzy.
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2015
Subject: Allman's & Dead ? WoW
This show is on fire ! They certainly hit it out of the park on this one. I listen to it often, and love the jams together near the end. Epic show ! Thank you Archive and everyone involved in the preservation of such fine quality music :)

Happy 50th Grateful Dead !
Reviewer: Telexer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2015
Subject: Sun so hot, Clouds so low, Memories so great.
My second dead show. What a blast it was. Someone (Weir I think) announced at the start that Pig Pen was not well and was back in CA recovering -- understatement of the year. Dillion stadium was more like a high school football field with bleachers at that time. Not a bad seat in the house.

The soundboard tracks are good quality with a few blemishes. The Aud recording tracks are low quality but still much appreciated for the memories. The band was stoked. Jerry ripping out leads like a madman -- check out Cumberland Blues. Jams with the Allmans at the end are great.

Dying to hear the full soundboard. Whoever is hoarding it, please please post it.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2015
Subject: where is the rest of this audience recording???
Gotta say: I *love love love* the sound of the audience recording that makes up part of this file.

This taper might not have had the greatest equipment but he found a very sweet spot in the venue and listening to this recording nearly 45 years later (!) I can feel myself there, disintegrating into vibrating molecules. The Dead had a darn nice sound system in 1972 and this awesome Playin in the Band is your proof.

Just the right amount of crowd ambience, too. People are having a real good time.

Nobody likes a heat stroke but warm weather makes it easier rock and roll. The band was definitely in a groove here. Stella Blue sounds like it was written and performed in a different universe from the rest of the show. How did they do that?? There is a strong argument to made that this performance of Cumberland Blues is the "best" one. This early version of Mississippi 1/2 Step is very tightly arranged, even if Jerry still isn't complete sure about the lyrics ...

Minimal attempts are made to "harmonize" the multi-vocal parts, at least according to the usual Earth standards. Sincerity and earnestness above all.

Here's looking forward to an upload of the rest of the audience recording ... and will someone find the rest of the soundboard?
Reviewer: Cotatrials - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2015
Subject: Great show, but hot
I remember this show very well, the Jam with the Allman Brothers was on of the highlights... but one of the main things I remember about this show was was how hot it was... I also seem to remember the Hartford Fire Department opening up a hydrant and spraying into the air to cool us down... parts of this show are a little foggy, but I guess that is to be expected... my rating is based on being at the show, not the recording

also, I maybe wrong, but didn't Bobby come on stage before the show with a dog(s) someone had left in a car... (Bobby had broken the windows out of the car and rescued the dog)
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2013
Subject: (9-13, 16-28)
Only one third of this is audience, but the rest is decent sounding. Good to have what's here! Casey Jones and Ramble On Rose are quite good, for example.

And yes, the Stella Blue with Pig in Hollywood is superb.
Reviewer: MerlinBike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2012
Subject: My very first Dead Concert
I was working at a Jewish summer camp in Palmer, MA when I attended this concert. A carload of observant Jews barreling down the Mass Pike and the interstates at 50 mph in a 3 o the tree old Ford woodie arrived early at the stadium and stood practically under the stage. I have pictures of the concert I would upload if I could. Before the concert started there was a problem with the piano and a tuner had to fix it. What a hot day! What a great concert. What an amazing crowd. The Allman brothers as a bonus. The stars are for the music, the ambiance, the memories— not the recording quality. I will keep searching for a better recording, but as someone who grew up listening to AM transistor radios, this is just fine.
Reviewer: mikemet - favoritefavorite - August 16, 2012
Subject: if...when
If or when you do come across this real soundboard- your face will drop. the quality is so 5 star- made me come here when I heard it on Sirius- coming fresh from europe- ripping and weaving months and months worth of jams into some groovy dead.

2 star recording
5 star epicness
Reviewer: erik65 - favorite - July 16, 2011
Subject: sound quality sucks
When I saw sbd/aud mix I was psyched but I could not listen to this. 4.5 stars is misleading, and so is calling any part of this a SBD.
Reviewer: Hashjihad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2010
Subject: NFA
I call for a Allman/Dead tour this year to channel all the crazy energy these guys put forth. Listen to the call and response from Jerry and Betts.
Reviewer: negipai98 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2009
Subject: Solid
I’ve gotten very spoiled by the soundboard recordings that permeate this site, and as a result often ignore audience recordings (much to my detriment, I am sure). But today I put my headphones on at work and was just too lazy to change to a different show, and I am very thankful I didn’t. Admittedly, the sound is a little rough, but you get used to it, and the audience recording has a wonderful texture to it that the soundboard shows just can’t capture. Just feels like one of those good time, outdoor, casual, hot summer day kind of shows. Nothing that blows you away, but everything very solid and genuine.

Can’t say 5 stars because, well, it just isn’t a 5 star show, but 3 seems unfair. Just some good old fashioned Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 16, 1972 at the Dillion Stadium, Hartford, CT, USA


The first 8 songs are audience quality recordings. They are kinda hard to listen to if not for the incredible performances.

Can you imagine all it took to get the DEAD on stage and stuff and then one button isn't pushed and all we get is a crappy recording from the

From "Mexicali Blues" to almost the end of "Me and My Uncle" it's SOUNDBOARD quality.

"Mississippi Half Step" and "Sing Me Back Home" are audience quality recordings.

From "Casey Jones" to Johnny B. Goode the audio quality is Soundboard. There's some audio stuff happening during Sugar Magnolia, beware.

The GRATEFUL DEAD have to prove they can still rock n roll without Pigpen. They haven't left the R&B stuff behind yet. "Hey Bo Diddley" is a real treat.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1972.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2009
Subject: on a sad note...
this was the first show without pigpen as an official member. his last show on 6/17/72 at the hollywood bowl has him played some great organ on stella blue
Reviewer: gennacat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2008
Subject: GREAT SHOW!!
Does anyone have a copy of this show they are willing to trade???
Reviewer: roebuck - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2006
Subject: At last, I've found it!
My very first GD show! I was a lad of 17 this summer, and finally got to a show, the first of what would prove to be several dozen over the years. I was a big Allman Bros. fan (been to many shows), and sort of a medium Dead fan at this point. After this show, I loved them both.

The next show I would attend would be Watkins Glen the following summer, at which point you could say I became a fully-fledged Deadhead. In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment - it was the Friday night soundcheck when they played Sugaree - I can remember it like it was, like it was... well, like it was 33 years ago :-)

Anyway, this show was a big eye-opener and mind-opener for me. When the ABB guys came on with the Dead, it was really e-fucking-lectric. I'm listening to NFA-GDTRFB right now. Yow! Pretty snappy! Ol' Berry Oakley was crankin' away - good thing I really like bass!

- roebuck

PS - I'm giving it a 5 for the energy, for the ABB, and simply because it was my "first time" :-)
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2006
Subject: LOTTSA BASS!!
Phil is UP quite a bit in the mix. Even in the aud portion you can hear everyone on stage. The Other One is EPIC!!! Sugar Mag has Keith VERY, VERY high in the mix---to the point of distortion drowning out everyone else.
Reviewer: ming - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: holy mutha o' gawd
Massive Massive bass that will blow you away! While The aud. portion has to be one of the worst recordings I have ever heard, the second set on this is Huge. The Truckin'>Other One is something you just have to hear. Did I say Massive Bass? I skimmed along thru Other One and I don't even think Bobby sings the 1st verse, heavy jams, whacky meltdowns, and a good 16 min. before a soothing but short He's Gone, and back into the mindblower. I've been spending Way too much time in '73/'74 looking for this very performance. Has some nasty hiss that is more prevalent in the encore, which is also a sleeper/ripper. Why do so many people say to get 6-10-73 when this is so much hotter? Berry Oakley is thundering right along and they are just tearing it up. I hate it when people say You must get this, won't be disappointed, download now, etc. But this is truly sick. Why the crummy aud.? I give it 4 due to the hiss and aud. portion.
Reviewer: Jenry Starling - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2005
Subject: Personal favorite
Hard to say why but this one has always been a personal favorite of mine! I love this phase.

Reviewer: playdead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2005
Subject: Great Show
This is a great show. This was also the first show that "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo" was played at.
Reviewer: squat6971 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: Dead & Allman Bros
I was at this show -- open air track stadium -- cops walking the circle with GD t-shirts on, waving to the stoners -- orange-barrel sunshine!! -- Dead played a few hours, then the Allman Bros played a few hours, then they jammed together. A truly great show. The sound onsite was a lot better than we hear, 4 stars for quality, 5 stars for show
Reviewer: gonearethedays - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2004
Subject: Listen to tape quality before downloading whole show
The quality of this show is marginal with a large portion being a barely passable audience. The board section is also a bit hissy.

My advice is get the Jam with the Allmans. This is a hot jam and there are very few versions of Bo Diddley available.

Content of show 4
Quality of recordings 2
Reviewer: annapurna1228 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2004
Subject: Dickey Betts and the Dead!!
It should be noted that the * in the notes signifies that there are some very notable special guests playing with the Dead on these songs. These tracks are *with Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley and Jai Johanny Johanson, and without Phil.

This show is worth getting specifically to hear CD4. The jams between Dickey and Jerry on NFA*> GDTRFB*> Hey Bo Diddley* E: Johnny B. Goode
are nothing short of amazing!!

Until now, this show has been very undercirculated. If you like 6/10/73, then you'll love this show. The sound quality on this show is good especially considering its over 30 years old. This is well worth the download.
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